This post from 2011 considers the question how much time one should take when connecting from an international flight to domestic transportation in the United States. Most answers report one should take 3 hours. The Swedish news reported that due to the 2013 sequestration, the time it takes for Swedish citizens to go through customs and immigration will increase by four hours. I suppose it's the same for Swedish as for others that can visit on a Visa Waiver.

Adding those facts implies one should take seven hours for connecting public transportation, which effectively means one shouldn't try connecting transportation the same day as arriving. Is this accurate? Considering the 2013 sequestration, how much time should one take for a connecting flight to the USA?

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    It's a little tough to say at this point. A lot of the details of furloughs are still being worked out - the government has to give 30 days notice before any employees begin seeing a reduction in hours, so there will be no impact prior to April 1st. After that date, I suspect the answer will vary wildly by individual airport and jurisdiction - a larger source of delays is likely to be cuts to air traffic control staff, which will have a significant impact on flight schedules and will likely cause a lot of delays. – LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 1 '13 at 21:17
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    @LessPop_MoreFizz: I'd say that your comment is the best answer we can currently give, so I suggest you add it as an answer. – Jonas Mar 2 '13 at 20:00
  • @Jonas personally, I'd prefer to see the question closed as Too Localized. It's fundamentally unanswerable. – LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 2 '13 at 20:40
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz too localised? He's asking about the whole US...I'd have almost said too broad? – Mark Mayo Mar 5 '13 at 20:35
  • @gerrit - as per the original post, someone asked there too - it'll depend on your citizenship. Care to edit your question to clarify this? – Mark Mayo Mar 5 '13 at 20:36

I think that you're exaggerate the potential impact on travel just a little too much. Connecting on the same day should not be impacted the only thing that will be impacted is the time, which could on a busy day during a busy time add possibly double the wait times according the latest information published on the furloughs by the CBP.

The amount of time you will need to make your connecting flight during this time will vary based on the airport you will arrive to. For the worst case scenarios which would be in the major ports like LAX or JFK you could add up to another 50-100% of the time you have allotted yourself to make a connection so if you assumed 3 hours increase time if possible to 4-6 hours.

At this point noone would be able to give you any more accuracy given that the impact has not yet been measured.

You could also watch portals like iFly, which seems to collect security clearance information and delays.

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